It’s taken years, but Cee has convinced me that taking baby steps is much better than trying to quantum leap over life’s challenges. She’s so smart! Baby steps, to me, were things people did when they were sick or feeble. Not so! There is a wonderful advantage to breaking things down into tiny steps instead of trying to take the world by storm.
I was reminded of this today as I listened to an inspirational audio. The young woman who was speaking asked the listener to relax, and take a few deep breaths, then remember something or someone who brought you joy or made you feel good. Then she said that if the thing you brought to mind was something big, like a person, you were to break it down into something easier to appreciate. Break it down into baby steps. Think of the person and what you appreciate about them. A smile? A silly sense of humor? A caring touch? A good hug? She said that the small things will stay with you longer. I liked that idea of baby stepping through appreciation.
As I went through my day, I practiced baby stepping through appreciation. I loved the smell of the fresh air after a gentle rain. I noticed that some or our irises have opened, and I truly appreciated their beauty. It’s been a fun day of baby steps.
The energy generated by those baby steps of appreciation sent ripples out to other people. When I stopped for coffee, the barista recognized me, asked my name and introduced herself. Merissa, you have a beautiful smile. Thank you for asking my name.
In the next store, the young man who was checking me out kidded me that I must really like him because I always come through when he’s on duty. He introduced himself as well, and I will be sure to greet Jacob by name from now on. Cee reminded me that I had previously pointed out his “You Matter” silicon band, and mentioned that I, too, wear one for suicide prevention. Thank you, Jacob, for brightening my day.
No matter where we are in loss and the feelings of grief, we can still take time to pause and take a baby step back to stability, to happiness, to wellbeing. Focus on the little things, one after the other. Baby steps will keep you moving forward, at least a little bit at a time.
(About the picture… I found a lot of pictures of human babies taking little steps, and they were cute pictures, but there was something about this duckling that made me giggle, so I just had to use it.)
Many hugs and a big smile,